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So I have been experimenting with TIMs recently and something very strange has just happened! I have tried 4 TIMs so far: Cooler Master stock, Artic Silver 5, TIM Consultants Quantum, and some white stuff for $1 from a local shop. Waiting for MX-4 to come in the mail.

Look at my load temps for four cores(average of two runs at exact ambient temp 23C):

Had over 200 hour curing time
AS5: 65,63,62,65

Cooler Master stock: 62,58,58,62

Quantum: 59,57,56,59

$1 stuff: 58,54,54,57

Seriously???? Why does the $1 stuff have the best temps!!! All three were applied the exact same way! The tube it came in just had three letters on it OLV. I guess more money does not equal more cooling! Just waiting for MX-4 now will update when it arrives.

I do plan on testing the temps for other compounds as soon as I get money to get some. Spent all my money on cycling

Edit: Forgot that I still had the temps for the Cooler Master compound that came with my Hyper TX-3. Posted And accidentally wrote 55 instead of 65 for AS5. Sorry!
Edited by fishymamba - 6/8/11 at 7:41am
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it greatly depends on how u apply the TIM also. and how they compress.

MX-4 is probably the best right now better then nano 7.
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it greatly depends on how u apply the TIM also. and how they compress.

MX-4 is probably the best right now better then nano 7.
All three were applied the exact same way. MX-4 is coming in tomorrow.
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Hahaha im shocked that the 1 dollar stuff has such good temps! My bro hooked me up with the stuff that came with his XSPC waterblock after he got it(i have it now, coz I bought it from him) and it works great! It dosnt have a brand, and it comes free with the block. I use Arctic ceramic, and Cooler Master. Right now all i have is the free stuff and the cooler master stuff. The cooler master stuff is good as well.
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Hahaha im shocked that the 1 dollar stuff has such good temps! My bro hooked me up with the stuff that came with his XSPC waterblock after he got it(i have it now, coz I bought it from him) and it works great! It dosnt have a brand, and it comes free with the block. I use Arctic ceramic, and Cooler Master. Right now all i have is the free stuff and the cooler master stuff. The cooler master stuff is good as well.
Forgot that I had temps for the cooler master stuff that came with my TX-3. Updated! Thanks for reminding me!

Also accidentally lowered AS5 temps by 10C.
post #6 of 13
I pretty much go with whatever is fairly cheap in a big tube, lately it's a 30g tube of mx-2 (unless going sub-zero, AS ceramique for that).
Experimented with different TIMs a bit, & wasn't worth waiting for stuff to come in the mail (like shin-etsu, couldn't get locally) or pay more for a ° or 2 of difference.
    
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I hope you cleaned it good after each tim ;D Ultimately the last run might be all mixed Or you excelled at the right amount and pressure
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No mention of ambient temperatures during each test. Did you do these tests all on the same day?
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Am I the only one who just blobs the stuff in the middle of the cpu and spreads it with a square piece of cardboard? I have a feeling I did it wrong
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Am I the only one who just blobs the stuff in the middle of the cpu and spreads it with a square piece of cardboard? I have a feeling I did it wrong
I got feelings that you did it wrong, lol.
It just spreads itself when you put fan over it.

Anyways, once I had to cut some chips I had in my desk and used its silicon as thermal paste. It worked great. Better temps then stock paste that was applied to E8500 stock cooler.
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